Bounty: Guide To Switching From Farmed Fish To Wild-Caught Fish

Var­i­ous effec­tive al­tru­ists have sug­gested that avoid­ing farmed fish is one of the most im­por­tant things you can do to re­duce the amount of suffer­ing caused by your diet. For­tu­nately, an al­most perfect sub­sti­tute for farmed fish ex­ists: wild-caught fish. It is very un­clear whether eat­ing more wild-caught fish is good or bad for fish. Re­plac­ing a food that’s very bad with a food that might be good or might be bad seems like progress.

How­ever, it does not seem like there are any guides for how best to re­place one’s farmed fish con­sump­tion with wild-caught fish.

I am offer­ing a bounty of up to $500 for a well-writ­ten, easy-to-un­der­stand guide to re­plac­ing farmed fish with wild-caught fish. Ques­tions that might be ad­dressed by this guide in­clude:

  • Which, if any, species of fish are always farmed?

  • Which, if any, species of fish are always wild-caught?

  • How likely are farmed fish to be mis­la­beled as wild-caught? Are there heuris­tics to use to avoid mis­la­beled fish?

  • If you don’t know whether a fish is wild-caught or farmed, how do you figure it out?

  • How likely is a fish of un­known ori­gin to be wild-caught? Farmed? What fac­tors af­fect whether it is wild-caught or farmed?

  • What are the cheap­est ways to buy wild-caught fish?

  • What are the best wild-caught sub­sti­tutes for com­monly eaten farmed fish?

  • Which fish oil pills, if any, use wild-caught fish?

The full $500 will be paid out for a com­plete, well-re­searched, well-copy­ed­ited, easy-to-un­der­stand guide that is ready to be given to in­ter­ested re­duc­etar­i­ans. In­com­plete or poorly ed­ited re­ports will re­ceive a por­tion of the bounty de­pend­ing on my judg­ment of their qual­ity. Re­ports with fac­tual er­rors or which are oth­er­wise very low-qual­ity will not re­ceive any money.

Peo­ple in­ter­ested in the bounty are en­couraged to email me at ozy­bren­ so I can con­nect them to other in­ter­ested peo­ple, for co­or­di­na­tion and to avoid du­pli­ca­tion of work.